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, university of maryland medical system, baltimore city, maryland; neli vasquez-rowland, president, a safe haven, chicago, illinois. of those individuals that are unemployed, there was about a 15.7 percent rate of drug dependency among them. of the ones that are employed with a drug dependency, there were 23.3 million people overall, and about
of maryland medical system, in the last couple of years, worked with the helping up mission in baltimore and a few other agencies. and they had some service positions available, and they had these, whoever wanted to apply, apply for these service positions and they hired about 40 men. and when the men came, they had to be monitored and followed up by eap. and what we found was it was an exhilarating experience for the eap counselors because we don't normally deal with that population. and what we found ourselves doing was helping them in every area that you can imagine, and, i mean, i had a young man who i helped to work on the computer. i helped another one to get a sponsor, to get involved in the 12-step fellowships. and they really did succeed. of the 40 plus that were hired, i don't have the exact numbers, but i believe that there's over 35 that are still employed. what's important about that is the ones that stayed and are still employed and still sober are the ones that stayed in residence with the helping up mission during that particular time. very good. neli, let's talk a little
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